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The DiSSCo consortium in


The natural science collections in Austria have a long history and an imperial background. At the moment the Natural History Museum in Vienna is envisioned to contribute to the DiSSCo infrastuctre initiative. Discussions about nation-wide participation are ongoing.

participating institutions

Heimo Rainer

Natural History Museum Vienna, DiSSCo NTF

The Natural History Museum Vienna

The Natural History Museum Vienna houses approximately 30 million specimens and the number is growing, as research activities still yield discoveries and as a national isntitutions we constantyly receive materials. Out of 49 staff scientists 41 curate at least one collection together with 28 collection managers in 10 departments. Covering life-, earth-sciences, prehistory, anthropology and central research laboratories as well as a scientific archive.

The composition of the earth and the origins of the universe are current research topics at the NHM Vienna. Biodiversity research is a focus in three zoological and one botany department including molecular research. The Museum also carries out research into the earliest manifestations and prehistory of man.

Research highlights at the NHM Vienna include:

  • Changes and trends of Eurasian climate across the last 40 million years
  • Photogrammetry meets taphonomy – deciphering the depositional history of oyster reefs
  • Palaeopathological and demographic studies on human remains of prehistoric and historic populations
  • Investigations on drill cores from the 66 million year-old Chicxulub impact crater, Gulf of Mexico
  • Dispersal of environmental pathogens in amphibians
  • Research focus on world heritage site Hallstatt: mining, textiles, environment and burial archaeology
  • Comprehensive digitisation for the Virtual Herbaria JACQ
  • ABOL – the Austrian barcode of Life Initiative
  • Biodiversity of freshwater invertebrates
  • Genetic diversity of Austrian wild bees
  • Phylogeny and evolution of the Myriapod genus Lithobius

Participating institutions in



National Funding

A digital roadmap Austria is in place since 2016. From this basis a project for digitisation was funded 2016-2019.

Collections Dashboard

The dashboard below contains data pertaining to the natural science collections of participating institutions across Europe. Page one shows the approximate size of collections per discipline for 89 institutes who participated in an initial DiSSCo survey, and page two displays the national contributions to the European collection. The selection boxes allow filtering for country and institutions. The data in this dashboard is populated with information from an initial survey (November 2017) sent to DiSSCo partners and is therefore considered preliminary The survey data was rigorously checked for errors with the submitting institutions,  nevertheless, there may still be errors or outdated information. Please contact Niels Raes to correct or update data.

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